On June 9th, 2020, the AMGA launched a new Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Scholarship Fund. In an incredible 24-hours of giving, AMGA Instructor Team members committed nearly $5,000. Throughout the summer, our members donated over $18,000 and we reached over $20,000 in donations. Thank you to those who generously contributed and supported your fellow guides and instructors.*
Azissa Singh, AMGA Board Member, and Monserrat Alvarez, Membership and Inclusion Coordinator, engaged in listening sessions with BIPOC members of the AMGA community. Thanks to those members, we were able to identify key barriers to entry, support mechanisms, and sustainability in our profession. It was clear to us that this scholarship fund needed to be built outside of our traditional scholarship model to address the barriers shared during these listening sessions. Our team crafted an alternative scholarship fund model and an official proposal was crafted by our Membership and Inclusion Coordinator, advised by the DEI Committee, that was approved by our executive officers on January 8th, 2021. We are striving to move forward with full transparency for both the BIPOC community that the fund is going to support and our overall membership.
Over the last few months, members of our advisory committee met to discuss the infrastructure of this new fund. We are thankful for their time, knowledge, and overall willingness to provide mentorship and support to see this through.
Below you will find key information, projected timeline, deadlines, and FAQ. More questions? Email: [email protected]
The BIPOC Scholarship Fund is a new model of funding intended to address key barriers identified by BIPOC members of the community in order to better support them throughout their AMGA programs. This scholarship fund is set up differently as it is intended to address some of the systemic barriers that exist in and outside of the AMGA. We want to acknowledge that we are creating a new model of funding and the committee is open to any and all feedback from members of color. Our intention is to provide transparency and adaptability through this process.
The application period will be open Monday, May 24th at 9 am MST through Monday, June 21st at 9 am MST. The BIPOC Scholarship Fund will cover any of the following expenses:
How to Apply
Please read the information above before proceeding with the application. This fund is for anyone who identifies as a Black, Indigenous, Person of Color including, but not limited to mixed-race people who identify as people of color. In order to apply:
Thank you to our Instructor Team members, Kosseff Family, and our many donors.